Tuesday Topic: Gifts for Ministry Partners

From Shilo, missionary to Paraguay currently on home assignment: What things have you given your ministry partners as thank you gifts?  Do you find that consumable gifts are best?  Or do you try to find something representative of your country of service?  If so, how do you find something that also suits American tastes of decorating and won’t just be put away into a closet somewhere?

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9 Responses to “Tuesday Topic: Gifts for Ministry Partners”

  1. 1 Lori January 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    When on furlough we generally try to focus on giving consumables as gifts. Special snacks and seasoning packets from our country of service are always well received! Of course, there are certain supporters who really love “ethic” decor and in those cases, we get them some traditional handicraft!

  2. 2 jolenesloan January 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I am thinking about making magnets with our family picture that say “Thank you from the Sloan family in Ukraine.” A 2-in-1 gift that also serves as a prayer reminder.

  3. 3 Sarah January 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    We usually do consumable gifts as well. We are back in the States on home assignment as well, and brought A LOT of coffee from our hometown in Costa Rica to give to ministry partners, family and friends. People love it, especially since it’s from right where we live. This time, we also made homemade applesauce to give to people who lent us cars, clothing, furniture, etc. We haven’t done this, but we had some fellow missionary friends give a devotional book that had blessed them to all of their ministry partners. I thought that was a great idea!

  4. 4 Melissa January 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    a few favorites that i have done over the years – Christmas ornaments that were handmade from our country, and then most recently some carved wooden crosses made by some local believers. I had never thought of consumable gifts until now but that too is a good idea.

  5. 5 Kelly January 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    individually wrapped tea bags go nicely in an envelope! coffee is a good idea, but heavy. beads are cheap. book marks made from local cloth. fabric coasters. was also thinking to send some individual sugar packets- saying something about how sweet their sacrifice is to the Lord 🙂 Sugar is just so different here in Uganda than the refined stuff in the states.

  6. 6 Ashley L January 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Some things that we’ve given in the past, were worship CDs in the native language, children’s picture books, post cards and book marks with Bible verses in the native language, a coin or small trinket attached to a prayer card (they can put the coin or trinket somewhere that it will remind them to pray)…

    I am loving everyone’s ideas and am tucking them away for later! Can’t wait to hear more ideas on the topic!

  7. 7 Ashley L January 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Oh, and another ideas that some of our missionary friends have done is to have someone who has personally been blessed by their ministry write a letter thanking the missionary’s supporters for investing in the work in their country and sharing how it has affected their life personally. We haven’t done this yet, but I love the idea!!

  8. 8 Danielle January 4, 2012 at 2:28 am

    We’ve given coffee and chocolate from our country (El Salvador) and both have been well received. We also have given handpainted bookmarks, which people also seemed to appreciate as well. Love hearing all the ideas!

  9. 9 Phyllis January 4, 2012 at 7:28 am

    We have usually just given little souvenir-type gifts. You all have a lot more creative ideas! Thanks for the suggestions.

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